How your gut affects your body
Posted on14 Oct 2019
Helpful bacteria - You have many different types of helpful bacteria in your body. In fact, you have more of them than you have cells. Most are good for you.
The ones found in your gut not only help you digest foods, they work all over your body and can be good for your physical and mental health.
Fighting the good fight - In the gut microbiome, the “good” bacteria do more than just help with digestion. They help keep your “bad” bacteria in check. They multiply so often that the unhealthy bacteria don't have space to grow.
When you have a healthy balance of bacteria in your gut, it is called balance (a 70/30 Good vs bad bacteria ratio.)
Unhealthy balance - Studies have found that if you have too much of a certain kind of bad bacteria in your gut microbiome, you're more likely to have: Crohn’s disease Ulcerative colitis Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) Researchers are looking into new treatments for them that target the bacteria in the gut microbiome.
Gut bacteria and your heart - Some kinds of gut bacteria may be part of the link cholesterol has to heart disease. When you eat foods like red meat or eggs, those bacteria make a chemical that your liver turns into something called TMAO (trimethylamine-N-oxide). TMAO may help cholesterol build up in your blood vessels.
Gut bacteria and your brain - Your brain sends messages all over your body. Researchers believe your gut may talk back. Studies show that the balance of bacteria in the gut microbiome may affect your emotions and the way your brain processes information from your senses, like sights, sounds, flavors, or textures. Scientists suspect that changes in that balance may play a role in diseases like autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, and depression, as well as chronic pain.
Gut bacteria and obesity - An unhealthy balance in your gut microbiome may cause crossed signals from your brain when it comes to feeling hungry or full. Researchers think there may be a link to the pituitary gland, which makes hormones that help set your appetite. That gland can affect the balance of bacteria in your gut, too. Some studies on treating obesity are exploring this link.
Can you change your gut bacteria? - You get your gut microbiome from your mother at birth, and the world around you affects it as you grow up. It’s also influenced by what you eat. That’s why it can be different depending on where and how you live -- and why you may be able to tilt the balance. Lactomin and Lactokids probiotics can help you achieve this.
Probiotics - These are “good” bacteria like the ones already in your gut. They can add to the bacteria in your intestinal tract and help keep everything in balance. But they’re not all the same. Each type works in its own way and can have different effects on your body. The more lactobacillus and bifidobacterium strains the better.
How can probiotics help? - They can make your immune system stronger. They may boost gastrointestinal health, too, especially if you have something like irritable bowel syndrome. Some probiotics also may help ease allergy symptoms and help with lactose intolerance. But because our gut microbiomes are unique, if and how they work can be different for everyone.
Prebiotics - Think of these as a food source for probiotics. They may help your body take in calcium better and boost the growth of helpful bacteria in your gut.
Synbiotics - Lactomin and Lactokids Probiotics can boost the growth of good bacteria, and prebiotics are good for probiotics. When you combine the two, it’s a synbiotic. The idea behind them is to help probiotics live longer and are more effective together